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Hot Coke with Ginger, A Possibly Magical Elixir

In older times the recipe was made with brown sugar water, but now the traditionalists prefer Coke; the recipe, however, is "cola-neutral."  The pointer is from Yan Li.

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i have been asking for years why people don't drink hot coke and, even more surprisingly, why coke hasn't been pushing a coffee-like variant of its signature drink. i always assumed it just didn't work (bad taste, became syrupy, whatever) because, otherwise, hard to see why coke (and amateur experimenters) weren't already pushing this.

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Perhaps because hot coke will act as a laxative

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Why is it news?

When I was in Hong Kong 15 years ago, corner stores sold hot coke in winter -- the glass bottle ones, which sat in hot water bath all day.

You can also order coke with lemon or ginger, hot or cold, in restaurants.

A friend told me there has been a few Chinese recipes for cooking a variety of meat with soft drinks. Those have been flying around for years.

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There was a great article on BBC news last year on how people in rural India had started to use coke as a pesticide-- worked just as well, it seems, and they could buy it far cheaper than any other pesticide.

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